Posted by|06 December 2013
Diffusing essential oil blends is a fun and natural way to spread yummy aromas throughout any space. Those expensive, synthetically perfumed candles can be tempting with their bright colors and promises of candy canes, apple pie, and evergreen cheer, but diffusing pure essential oils at home or work is a wonderfully natural way to scent a room with seasonal aromas. I hope these holiday inspired blends bring a smile to your face!
Peppermint Surprise Essential Oil Blend
Heavy sweet floral aroma with sparkling peppermint!
Oh Christmas Tree Essential Oil Blend
Classic evergreen aroma.
Vanilla Spice Essential Oil Blend
Vanilla cream mixed with cinnamon goodness.
Blending Directions and Tips:
Add all essential oils to a glass bottle. One 1/4 oz bottle will hold any of these blends. Screw cap on tightly and invert the bottle to blend the oils. Do not shake! Allow the blend to sit for a couple of hours, smell test, and make any adjustments to your liking.
Vanilla Absolute is a very thick oil. The container can be placed in a bowl of hot water to make it easier to work with. This will not effect the aroma and the oil with thicken again as it cools. It may be easier to use a measuring spoon for this oil.
Fill your essential oil diffuser reservoir with water. Add 5-6 drops of the essential oil blend. Light a tea candle in the base of your diffuser and enjoy as your space fills with the yummy aroma! If you are using an Electric Diffuser or our new Ultrasonic Diffuser, please follow the included directions. (The diffuser pictured is our Ceramic Diffuser, which is made in the USA).
Visit our website to see our full line of essential oil diffusers.
Posted by|05 December 2013
Here’s the morning volunteer shift of our most recent wetland clean-up. This was the final Mountain Rose River Project of 2013! We had 12 employee volunteers who cleared 12 cubic yards of blackberry and Scotch Broom from around our building and 60 gallons of trash from Stewart Pond and the West Eugene Wetlands.
Whew…that’s a good day at the office!
Posted by|03 December 2013
We are so excited and proud to announce that our Vice President and co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, Shawn Donnille has been named one of the 20 Under 40 “Rising Stars” in the local business community here in Lane County, Oregon! Shawn was nominated by our Facilities Manager, Mike Lasco, and we couldn’t be more tickled to celebrate Shawn’s recognition. In the nomination, Mike said that “by bringing the company to the forefront of the Internet age, Shawn has helped to foster its growth from an ‘out of the garage’ operation into one of Eugene’s largest and most dynamic employers, with three facilities and over 140 employees. (He) is an excellent example of dynamic, young leadership both in the business world and in the realm of environmental volunteerism.”
Both Shawn and co-owner Julie Bailey have built Mountain Rose Herbs on their philosophy of people and planet before profit, and receiving this award adds further reinforcement to our determination to “do business differently” and focus on environmental, social, and economic justice at every level of the company.
Created by a partnership of businesses and organizations, the 20 Under 40 Award is in its sixth year and acknowledges community business leaders under the age of forty who innovate and make positive changes not only within their organization, but also throughout the community. Shawn is 39 this year, so the award comes just in time to celebrate his achievements so far.
Congratulations to Shawn and many thanks to our growing family of customers who are such an integral part of our journey as an organic, fair trade, and sustainable green business.
Posted by|02 December 2013
The holiday season can be a hectic time with feasts and gatherings and traveling, but it also offers a special opportunity to reflect on all of the precious things that bring joy and comfort to our lives. A hot cup of tea, a spoonful of elderberry syrup, a bowl of delicious curried soup, or a dab of homemade perfume on the wrist are all small reminders of how herbs enhance our everyday experiences.
In celebration of all that we’re thankful for, we decided to give away tokens of our gratitude. For the next 10 weekdays, we will be offering up our favorite herbal goodies to help support your health and wellbeing - because what we are most grateful for is you! We are so thankful for this passionate, creative, and conscientious community of people who truly care about protecting our natural treasures and sharing the tradition of herbal healing. You all inspire hope in the world. Thank you!
Today is Day 1 and we’re giving away one of our Classic Essential Oil Samplers!
Posted by|29 November 2013
The holidays are here again and what a truly wonderful year it has been! To help you along with your holiday gift planning, here’s a little list featuring some of our favorite herbal goodies. From the DIY enthusiast to the last minute shopper, we have a wonderful selection of botanical gifts for you to share with the ones you love. What could be better than the gift of health and healing?
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For Tea Lovers
This BPA-free Tea Glass Infuser is the perfect way to take loose leaf tea on the go! Featuring the Mountain Rose Herbs logo, and easy to use, this 12.85 oz (1.5 cup) travel infuser keeps your hands cool and your tea hot. Each glass has a durable poly exterior, glass interior, and comes with a leak proof removable stainless steel screw-on tea strainer and water tight screw-on lid. Complete with brewing instructions, care, and safety guidelines. Watch our video here!
From our delicious herbal blends to classic caffeinated favorites, you can find the perfect tea for anyone in your circle. For those who need a little kick, we have an extensive selection of Black, Green and White loose-leaf teas, with our newest additions including Mint Chocolate Mate, Green Sunrise, and Vanilla Black.
We also have a large selection of caffeine-free Organic Herbal Loose-Leaf Teas that are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality, flavor, and freshness. Some of our favorites include Hibiscus High, Firefly Chai, and Winter Spice. The little ones in your life may enjoy a nice cup of Quiet Child, Fairytale, or Lemon Tea.
Watching these gorgeous hand-sewn tea buds blossom into delicious works of art is a true wonder to behold. Crafted in remote gardens of China’s Yunnan province, young certified organic tea leaves are picked in early morning, flattened, and sewn with cotton thread into bundles with fragrant flowers. Best enjoyed in one of our Glass Tea Pots, so you can watch this unique gift unfurl.
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These sampler kits contain some of our favorite and most popular oils for blending and diffusing. Packaged in beautiful 100% post-consumer waste gift boxes, these kits are an economical way to explore a variety of oils without the commitment of a larger size. Choose from: Chakra Blends, Favorites, Classic, Lovers, and Rose.
Diffusers are a practical, effective, and convenient way to enjoy essential oils in your home or office. Our Ceramic and Soapstone Diffusers utilize the heat from a tea light candle to fill a room with enticing aromas and a warming glow. Terra Cotta Pendent Diffusers are a wonderful way to scent you car or a small area naturally (they also fit well in a stocking). Our newer Ultrasonic Diffuser utilizes a ceramic plate to create a steady, silky plume of essential oil into the air.
These handcrafted oil blends and sprays make wonderful natural perfumes and body fragrances. Blended in small batches here at Mountain Rose, these enticing scents are hard to resist. The aroma oils are made with pure plant resins and essential oils in an organic jojoba oil base and the sprays are formulated with high quality flower waters, witch hazel extract, and pure essential oils – nothing synthetic!
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Pamper with Natural Bath and Body Care
Our handcrafted Facial Washes are certified as made with organic aloe vera and organic extracts, and the castille soap that we use is certified as made with organic oils. These all natural botanical facial washes are mild enough for any skin type and lightly aromatic for a refreshingly clean experience. They make a wonderful body wash too! Our facial wash contains no synthetic ingredients, perfume oils, preservatives, or harmful chemicals, and we make them in small batches to ensure the highest quality for bathing bliss. Choose from Lemon Facial Wash or Rose Facial Wash.
These luscious body butters are crafted by our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals, and make a decadent gift for yourself or a loved one. Choose from Citrus Sunrise or a warming Ginger. Each comes packaged in a reusable glass jar with two-piece lid.
From Fawn Lily Botanica, comes these artisan bars of soap. These cold processed soaps are cleansing, yet gentle, soothing, nourishing, and moisturizing. At a generous 5 oz, these bars make a long lasting gift with 5 amazing botanical combinations to choose from: Chai Spice, Ginger Honey, Lemongrass and Matcha, Soothing Herbal, and Woodland.
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Let your loved ones choose their own botanical treats with a Gift Certificate! The recipient of your gift card can choose freely from all the lovely items available at Mountain Rose Herbs. Each gift certificate comes with a complimentary card, which we will fill out and include with the order if you’d like. Available in $25, $50, and $100 quantities.
Wishing You Happy Holidays!
Posted by|27 November 2013
As a new addition to the Mountain Rose Herbs team, my background is in decades of nonprofit management—not herbal company operations. So, I was excited when the folks in the Shipping Department agreed to let me spend some time learning just what it takes to get an order on the way to our customers…
Once you place your order—either by phone or online—it starts a very personalized process. While we strive to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible, we also want to put thought and care into each box leaving our building. Your order is processed by one of our Customer Service Representatives, who creates the invoice you will later find in your package. This invoice converts your product choices into a format that includes the quantity, sizes, and other important details for the folks who will soon be pulling and packing all of your goodies.
When we say your order is “hand packed” we mean that the herbs you purchase are scooped, weighed, and put into bags only after you place your order. A label is then printed and affixed when the herbs have been packed for you. We don’t have shelves of pre-packaged herbs waiting for possible homes, everything is prepared in real time only after you’ve told us what you need. This is how we ensure freshness and the best possible quality. People power!
The folks who fill orders retrieve each item by hand, making sure to carefully match the items on your list. Let me tell you, this can be a little tricky with items that have similar names or come in different versions. With my trusty reading glasses, I quickly learned to pay close attention to every label, lot number, and size. For example, the labeling and sizes for the organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil and the organic Refined Coconut Oil can look the same to the untrained eye. Our organic cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter are all packaged in the same durable jars that we also sell in bulk. Careful reading and double-checking, all with an eye on the time, are essential skills for an order puller.
For orders of bottles, jars, and other breakables, we hand bag and wrap these for you. Carefully counting out droppers, lids, and jars and then making sure to bag, wrap, and tape them so they will arrive intact and ready for your project. Only after all of your items are weighed, packaged, sorted, and wrapped do they make it to the folks who prepare to box your order for shipment.
Along the way, your order is read and checked by multiple people. For beginners like me, the training crew is not far away. Without a hint of exasperation, the stalwart Andrea answered every question and reminded me where I needed to provide extra bagging or initial where I’d looked over my quantities a second time.
Mountain Rose is required to meet all sorts of regulations and laws that guide direct mail companies within the United States. Because we value beauty and thoughtfulness, we also want your package to be a delight for you to open! We include instructional pamphlets, product information, and affix our sticker of appreciation. Products are carefully packed with recycled packing paper and reclaimed bubble wrap to reduce our environmental impact. Your box is then sealed, labeled, marked with the appropriate stickers, picked up by the carrier, and sent into the shipping stream. This is all done by the person who is creating the box that will be the temporary home for your herbal treasures.
As many of you know, we challenge ourselves to complete this entire process in 2 business days. While there are sometimes obstacles such as items going out of stock, holidays, or other adventures we must tackle, it remains our commitment and the bar we’ve set for ourselves. We continue to create systems to help ensure you will be pleased with your order. After all, these lovingly grown herbal goods should be honored and our customers deserve only the best!
Posted by|25 November 2013
Here’s the first video from our Free Herbalism Project series!
Before her inspiring talk at Mount Pisgah last August, Rosemary Gladstar spent a few extra days wandering with us through the garden and forest to reveal wisdoms of the green beings that bring us joy and help us heal. It was a beautiful week filled with stories, shared knowledge, exploration, and lots of laughter.
There will be many more episodes to come from this special visit, and to start, we thought this lovely little lesson with tips for growing and using shiitake mushrooms was perfectly appropriate for the season ahead. Enjoy!
Posted by|22 November 2013
Isn’t that cover gorgeous?
We are so excited to offer this amazing new book that was self-published earlier this year by Dina Falconi (author of Earthly Bodies Heavenly Hair) and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender. It’s called Foraging & Feasting!
This field guide and wild food cookbook celebrates local bounty and traditional foodways. Filled with beautiful, instructive botanical illustrations, and 100 delicious, enlightening master recipes, you will reach for this one again and again. Each of the master recipes can be personalized with various botanicals, depending on what’s available during the season, to create endless meal options.
This collaborative celebration of food and art weaves together Dina’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild plant identification, foraging, and cooking, with Wendy’s deft artistic skills honed over 15 years as a botanical illustrator, resulting in an abundance of recipes and illustrations that honor wild plants and creative ways to bring them into our lives.
Visit our website for a complete list of Book Offerings to satisfy all of your botanical inspirations!
Posted by|21 November 2013
Posted by|20 November 2013
They like keeping it wild… and so do we! During the month of November, Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to Cascadia Wildlands. We will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5000!
You only have until November 30, 2013, so make that pledge today!
We are extremely proud to support Cascadia Wildlands and the work they do to protect wild salmon, old growth forests, endangered predators, and the natural environment we hold so dear. This year, we are focusing on the pressing issue of wolf recovery and the proposed federal delisting, which would remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states.
By giving to The Wolf Defense Fund, you are supporting the efforts of Cascadia Wildlands to use legal tools and grassroots efforts to remind the United States Fish and Wildlife Service of their duty to defend an endangered animal hunted to near extinction in the 1920’s. Now, they are threatened once again.
The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, needs to hear from you. The public comment period on delisting the gray wolf has been extended to December 17, 2013. Click the link below and make your voice heard!
“With the federal gray wolf delisting comments closing in mid-December and much work needed to ensure that wolves are properly protected in Oregon, Washington and California, Mountain Rose Herbs’ $5000 matching gift program in support Cascadia Wildlands’ wolf programs is perfectly timed to help us is our efforts to get more wolves in more places in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks Mountain Rose Herbs!” – Bob Ferris, Executive Director, Cascadia Wildlands.
How to Donate:
Please donate online today and help protect this iconic and keystone species.
Donate by mail: Cascadia Wildlands, P.O. Box 10455, Eugene, Oregon 97440
Contact Camille Gullickson with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541.434.1463
In the Eugene, Oregon area? Join us for an enchanting evening at Cascadia Wildlands’ 11th Annual Wonderland Auction, Saturday, December 14, 2013. For more details click here.
Posted by|19 November 2013
Whether it’s craving a warming hot toddy or dreaming of sweet and spicy apple cider, ‘tis the season for the toasty, comforting scents and flavors brought to us by incredible mulling spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and star anise. There is something positively historic about the spicy hot drinks served up this time of year and I wanted to get to the bottom of why I can’t get through a November and December without several warm mugs of spicy hot yummm!
My research took me on a journey that was anything but linear. It seems that Northern folks have been coming up with excuses to serve up spiced beverages—particularly alcoholic ones—for centuries! While there is just no getting away from the ritualized, community-building aspects of sharing big bowls of spicy ales and punches, my favorite story of the spiced “wassail” involves the indigenous populations of Southern England. It appears that in the apple-growing, cider-producing parts of Medieval Britain, the Winter cider celebrations were a way to sing and celebrate the health of the apple trees to ensure a good harvest of cider apples for the coming year.
One folktale even tells of the ancient “Apple Tree Man” who resides as a spirit in the oldest apple tree in the orchard and by offering up the last mug of mulled cider by pouring it over the tree roots, the bounty of the next year’s harvest could be expected. I’ll raise a mug to that!
I’ve created a recipe for mulling spices that works great with apple cider or wine or other festive drinks, and I am sharing a few delicious beverages to inspire your own winter toasts and celebrations. Bags of this mulling spice also make wonderful gifts! It can even be boiled on the stovetop as a nice spicy potpourri! Why not put together a gift basket of the spices, with some fresh apple cider, tea and/or a bottle of red wine to share? Feel free to copy and paste the recipes onto lovely cards to go along with your yummy gift…
Mulling Spice Mix
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½ cup organic cardamom pods
¼ cup organic orange peel
¼ cup organic lemon peel
¼ cup organic ginger root
¼ cup organic whole cloves
¼ cup organic allspice berries
organic star anise, whole pods (optional)
Put nutmeg and cardamom pods in a thick plastic or cloth bag and whack with a mallet or heavy rolling pin to break into pieces. You can also do this in a food processor or spice grinder, but don’t grind too fine. Put nutmeg and cardamom pieces in a bowl and add the cinnamon chips, ginger root, orange and lemon peel, allspice berries, and cloves. Scrape the inside of vanilla beans and add to this spice mixture (you can save the vanilla pods for homemade vanilla extract or to infuse sugar or honey.)
This makes about 2 ½ cups–enough mulling spices for several recipes. You can put about ¼ cup in a cotton drawstring bag or wrap in cheesecloth and tie well. Toss in 1-2 star anise pods per bag, if you’d like. Suspend the cinched or tied bag in the wine, cider or punch. I like to toss in a couple whole cinnamon sticks too for flavor and because I love the way it looks simmering in the pan.
1 bottle red wine (your choice)
½ cup fresh orange or pineapple juice OR ½ cup elderberry syrup
1 bag mulling spices (above)
½ cup brandy (optional)
Directions: Pour red wine and fruit juice in a large sauce pan (if using the elderberry syrup, wait to add it after the wine has heated up and simmered.) Toss in mulling spices and extra cinnamon sticks, if desired. Heat slowly over medium heat until steaming and little bubbles form around the edges (pre-boil.) Turn down heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes or so. Remove lid, remove mulling spice bag, and add brandy and elderberry syrup (if using.) Stir well. Serve with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick (if desired.)
Mulled Orange Tea Hot Toddy
2-3 cups water
¼ cup Orange Spice Tea
¼ cup brown sugar or honey (the honey will add a definite “honey” taste)
1 cup apple cider or juice
1-1/4 cup bag of mulling spices (above)
6 ounces bourbon, whiskey or spiced rum
2 teaspoons butter
Optional cinnamon sticks and orange slices for garnish
Directions: Bring water to boil and pour over Orange Spice Tea (in an infuser or tea bags) and let steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove tea bags and put tea, sugar or honey, apple cider or juice, butter, and mulling spices in a pan and heat slowly over medium heat for 15 minutes until very hot. Remove from heat, remove bag of mulling spices and add bourbon, whiskey or rum and ladle into mugs or glasses. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and sliced oranges.
6 cups fresh apple cider
Optional ¼ cup organic maple syrup
1-1/4 cup bag of mulling spices (above)
Optional organic cinnamon sticks and freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
Directions: Add apple cider to large pan. I tend to think fresh apple cider has just the right sweetness, but if you’d like a little more, add ¼ cup organic maple syrup and stir well. Toss in the bag of mulling spice and gently heat on medium for 20 minutes or so until very hot. Remove from heat and ladle into mugs, adding a cinnamon stick and a scratch or two of freshly grated nutmeg for garnish.
Posted by|18 November 2013
How to flavor your kombucha!
Start here if you missed Part 1! The combinations of herbs, spices, fruits, and juices that can add flavor to your kombucha are almost endless. Here are some of my favorite blends, but feel free to be creative and add whatever flavors you enjoy!
Elderberry, Rosehip, & Cinnamon
A standby, this is the blend that I make most often. Sometimes, I’ll add Hibiscus flowers or use Ginger root instead of Cinnamon. Feel free to experiment and make this recipe your own!
1/3 cup organic dried elderberries
1/4 cup organic dried rosehips
1 tsp organic cinnamon chips
Sparkling Ginger Pear
This recipe is simple, yet delicious. Is it light, refreshing, and reminiscent of champagne. Use whichever fruit is in season: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, and peaches are all tasty substitutes for pears.
1 Asian apple or regular pear
1 TBSP dried or fresh organic ginger root
Refreshing Herbal Medley
A perfect blend for the summertime! This medley is cooling, refreshing, and the addition of Yerba Mate offers a little energy boost.
2 TBSP dried organic holy basil (Tulsi)
2 TBSP dried organic peppermint
1 TBSP dried organic ginger root
1 TBSP dried organic Yerba Mate